Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Flower Shop on Foxley Street by Rachel Dove #BlogTour @WriterDove #Review @BrookCottagebks #Giveaway

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Flower Shop on Foxley Street by Rachel Dove. I had the pleasure of reading this gorgeous book back in July so today I will be re-sharing my review for the tour. There is also a fab excerpt and a giveaway to enter but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Series: Westfield series – Can be read as a standalone.
Genre: romantic fiction
Release Date: 26th July 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital/Harper Collins

A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.
Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and independence from her family that it represents.
Lily can't help but feel that something is missing from her life…, but when mysterious stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that could be about to change.

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I'm delighted to be sharing my review again today, what did I think...

First of all I have to mention the cover it's just so pretty and immediately caught my eye then after reading the description I couldn't wait to start. 

I have to begin with Lily she is a great character that is completely likeable and I had to feel for her situation. It was like she was trying to keep everyone happy and not really noticing how other people treated her. I was definitely rooting for her that's for sure and I really hoped she would grab hold of any opportunity that would make her happy. 

In no time at all I found I was half way through the book mainly because it was so easy to get wrapped up in not only Lily's life but her friends and families lives too. A special mention has to go to Roger he was one of my favourite characters he was funny and had me smiling on more than one occasion. However the main thing I loved was his friendship with Lily it was lovely to see their interactions throughout the story. You also have the playful friendship that Lily and Simon share where they are like squabbling siblings. Then there is Will who is a bit of a mystery, if you read my reviews you will know that I have a soft spot for any type of mystery in the books I read. So this was perfect for me and I have to say I couldn't wait to discover the truth. 

It was a nice touch to see the story from a few different perspectives I found that this moved the story along at a steady pace and kept things interesting. I loved how there were parts where I was either giggling or smiling away to myself but there were also some emotional parts too. It was all balanced out perfectly to create a wonderful story of new beginnings along with being brave and taking a chance. 

Rachel Dove has a lovely writing style that felt down to earth and made it so easy to connect with the characters. I could easily imagine bumping into these people in real life, Westfield sounds perfect although maybe not the part where everyone knows your business. It really is a lovely uplifting story and it's set in Yorkshire, what more could you want! 

The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is a gorgeous story that has such a warm and comforting feel to it! 

With thanks to Rachel Dove for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Thank you to Brook Cottage Books for the invite to join the tour.


In my original post there is also a little Q&A with Rachel Dove which you can check out here



Will Singer looked every inch the thirty-two-year-old man he was. The bathroom mirror rarely did anyone any favours, but this particular winter morning it appeared to be magically channelling the mirror from Snow White in terms of stark clarity and downright truth. Who’s the hottest man of them all? Certainly not you, dude.

He had badly needed a shave. People were starting to comment on it, but the clean-shaven Will was not a great improvement. At least his dark stubble had detracted from the huge Kardashian-sized luggage wedged under his eyes. Without his hairy mask, Will felt naked, unable to hide.

Even worse was the fact that the lack of hair on his face left people free to roam over his other features, in particular the mop of hair sprouting from his head. He looked like Lionel Messi mixed with Mufasa the lion. It did well for them, but Will wasn’t sure it was such a great style for him. Any longer and he would have to buy an Alice band like Beckham. Start sporting a man bun. He was pretty sure the villagers had never seen a man bun. It might scare them enough to dust off the pitchforks and torches. He had a sudden vision of his uncle Archie dressed like Braveheart, rallying the twin set and mohair-clad villagers into action from atop a horse. ‘People of Westfield, we shall not lie down and die. The man bun must be destroyed!’

He chuckled to himself at his own humour. He would have to tell Lily that joke later.

I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

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1st Prize : Signed paperback copy of The Flower Shop on Foxley St. (open internationally)

2nd Prize:  A Signed paperback copy of The Chic Boutique on Baker St. (open internationally)

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